Two Moscow airports shut down over ‘drone threat’ hours after nuclear bomber damaged in strike on Russian air base

TWO Moscow airports have been shut down over a reported “drone threat” – hours after a supersonic nuclear bomber was damaged in a strike on an airbase.

The Russian capital’s Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports were temporarily closed to all air traffic, said state news agency Tass.

A Ural Airlines aircraft is seen at the Domodedovo airport in Moscow (file image)


A Ural Airlines aircraft is seen at the Domodedovo airport in Moscow (file image)

At the same time this morning five people were reportedly injured in a drone strike on Kursk train station in western Russia.

Social media footage showed a large explosion over the roof of the station, and shattered glass inside as police responded to the emergency.

In Moscow, all aircraft were grounded at the two airports, with both also unable to receive any flights.

Instead, planes were reportedly being redirected to Sheremetyevo – more than 50 miles away.

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Fears of an attack came after one of Vladimir Putin’s prized war planes was damaged in a kamikaze drone strike deep inside Russian territory on Saturday.

The attack, at the military airport in the Novgorod region more than 700 miles from Ukraine, was allegedly carried out with a “helicopter style” drone.

Aircraft which survived the attack were reportedly being moved to an airfield in the Murmansk region.

The Russian defence ministry said: “The Kyiv regime carried out a terrorist attack using a copter-type UAV on a military airfield in Novgorod region.

“As a result of the terrorist attack on the territory of the airfield, a fire broke out in the aircraft parking lot, which was promptly eliminated by fire brigades.

“One plane was damaged, but there were no casualties as a result of the terrorist attack.”

The damaged war jet was believed to be a Tu-22M3 swing wing nuclear bomber – the same type used to raze Mariupol in Ukraine.

Russian officials claimed another drone attack in the Moscow region was “thwarted” earlier on Saturday.

A statement claimed the “aircraft-type UAV” was halted by electronic jamming equipment, lost control and fell in near the village of Putilkovo, in the Krasnogorsk district.

It also follows a huge explosion that rocked Moscow on Friday after a suspected Ukrainian kamikaze drone blasted a building just three miles from the Kremlin.

Footage showed flames and a column of black smoke rising from the Moscow Expocentre after the strike.

Ukraine is suspected of being behind a wave of drone attacks on military and government sites inside Russia, which are deeply embarrassing to Putin’s regime.

Meanwhile Russia continued its brutal bombardment of civilians in Ukraine.

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On Saturday seven people were killed and more than 100 injured – including children – in a horror missile blitz on Chernihiv.

Heartstopping footage showed a family walking in the city centre and narrowly missing being wiped out by a flaming rocket.

Passenger jets operated by Pobeda Airlines at Vnukovo International airport last month


Passenger jets operated by Pobeda Airlines at Vnukovo International airport last monthCredit: Getty


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